City of Knowledge (CKO) — formerly Promoting Women’s Capability by Education Center — is an education center for girls and women in Kabul, Afghanistan where women turn their pain to power. Rising in the face of four decades of war that has left a huge population of Afghan women illiterate and several generations of women deprived of education, City of Knowledge is an education center for girls and women that offers courses in Computers, Science, Literacy, Arts, English, and Women’s rights. Graduates go on to pursue university and the careers of their choice, becoming the future doctors, engineers, lawyers, scientists, artists, and technical experts of Afghanistan, and inspiring countless others to do the same.
City of Knowledge has written a frontline report, detailing their experiences preparing for a new academic year, challenges amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and peace talks between the government and the Taliban, and RISING for an end to violence against women. The women of the educational center ROSE with the millions of women around the world, and raised their voice against oppression and ignorance in Afghanistan.
These girls and women brave the daily bloodshed and explosions to attend the center in hopes of having a bright future. This center is a ray of hope for the young girls and women whose every day is a struggle against the overall deteriorating situation, domestic violence and oppression, poverty and hardships of life in a war ridden country, and the patriarchal suppression of the society.